PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Columbia University



I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University and a 2019-2020 predoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas. My dissertation, "No Wider War: Civil-Military Relations, Wartime Decision-Making, and the Duration of Armed Conflict," examines the ability of the president's top military and civilian advisors to influence decision-making and strategic reassessment during the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. My broader research interests include civil military relations, military strategy, bureaucratic politics, and the influence of domestic politics on American foreign policy. 

From 2009 to 2011 I served as a lead research assistant to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she wrote her memoirs at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. I previously held research assistant and intern positions at the RAND Corporation, the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, and Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). A graduate of Stanford University with honors in international security studies, I received an MA in War Studies at King's College London, where I studied as a Fulbright Scholar.



Please find a PDF version of my latest curriculum vitae (CV) at the link below.



The following is a snapshot of recent published work and policy commentary. Please click 'More' below for a full list of publications and working research papers.


October 24, 2018

Commentary @ War on the Rocks

My deep dive into Fracture Jaw, the military's contingency planning for the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Vietnam that got underway in 1968 absent advance knowledge of — let alone authorization from — the commander-in-chief.

December 25, 2017

Commentary @ War on the Rocks

I explore what Carl von Clausewitz would have to say about the latest Star Wars film and argue Resistance commanders would have benefited from the Prussian war theorist’s teachings a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. 

October 9, 2017

Commentary @ Duck of Minerva  

Drawing on results from an original survey experiment, I discuss how UN Security Council authorization can influence public attitudes toward the use of force, even among Republicans.


Teaching portfolio and evaluations available upon request.



Richard Betts, Columbia University

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2017 

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2016

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2013

Graduate-level and upper-level graduate course taught by Prof. Richard Betts at Columbia's School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Content taught includes theories of war and peace, Clausewitz'es On War, military strategy and tactics, nuclear deterrence theory, guerrilla warfare, and threat assessment.


Robert Jervis, Columbia University

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2019

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2017

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016 

First-year undergraduate introductory course to international politics. Topics covered include survey of international relations theory, bargaining models of war, deterrence theory, international political economy, and international organizations.


Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University

Course Assistant, Winter 2010

Course Assistant, Winter 2010

Upper-level undergraduate and graduate seminar examining dilemmas and complexities of American foreign policy decision-making in the post-9/11 era. Topics include terrorism, nuclear proliferation, democratization, and post-conflict reconstruction. Organized 48-hour diplomatic negotiation and crisis simulation as final student assessment.


William Perry and Siegfried Hecker, Stanford University

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2009

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2008

Course taught in Department of Management Science and Engineering that exposes students to the national security implications of nuclear technology. Topics include deep understanding of nuclear technology and its proliferation potential.



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